REFRAINING FROM WAILING
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ لَيْسَ مِنَّا مَنْ ضَرَبَ الْخُدُودَ وَشَقَّ الْجُيُوبَ وَدَعَا بِدَعْوَى الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ
It was narrated from Abdulah that the Prophet s.a.w said: “He is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garment, and calls the calls of the Jahiliyyah (wailing).”
Narrated in Sunan an-Nasa’i
Grade: sahih (authentic)
Translation adapted from sunnah.com
- Every Muslim should carry himself/herself with utmost poise and grace at all times, including when facing hardships such as losing loved ones.
- Rasulullah s.a.w forbade mourning by hitting oneself or wailing.
- It is adequate to embrace sadness, yet be patient and strong on the passing of loved ones.
Avoid acts of ignorance (jahiliyyah) such as wailing when our loved ones pass away.